... these days i try to avoid Windows boxes as far as I can.
I personally feel the same. But that's just silly me...
And of course an actual Windows ISO – you can grab Windows 10 direct from Microsoft's download page without a licence key or any ID, and it's actually easier to do from Linux or a Mac. ®
And when following that link given by El Reg and clicking on the "please ignore me and for God's sake DO... NOT... CLICK... ME!" "Privacy" link there...
How we use personal data
Microsoft uses the data we collect to provide you with rich, interactive experiences. In particular, we use data to:
 Provide our products, which includes updating, securing, and troubleshooting, as well as providing support. It also includes sharing data, when it is required to provide the service or carry out the transactions you request.
 Improve and develop our products.
 Personalise our products and make recommendations.
 Advertise and market to you, which includes sending promotional communications, targeting advertising, and presenting you with relevant offers.
We also use the data to operate our business, which includes analysing our performance, meeting our legal obligations, developing our workforce, and doing research.
And you thought it was all about you...